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Caltrans Gleason Beach Roadway Realignment Project

Project Changes since the EIR

Caltrans has proposed and designed the Gleason Beach Bridge to reflect the historical and cultural setting, and to maximize coastal viewing for passing vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians.

Caltrans also continues to work with partnering agencies to fund public access opportunities in the Gleason Beach area, including new recreational and coastal viewing amenities. Preliminary plans include restoration of the shoreline directly north of Scotty Creek, clean-up of the debris on the bluff and beach, improving the existing visual conditions.

Some project features have been updated to reflect community input, land acquisitions, and coordination with landowners and regulatory agencies. These features include the following:

  • Removal of the proposed boardwalk, to be replaced with direct access to the sandy beach by Scotty creek
  • Removal of the proposed parking pad, replaced with informal parking along the central access road and remnant SR 1
  • Modification of the central access road to reduce potential conflict with coastal erosion and better reach the remaining residences and coastal destinations
  • Providing additional agricultural access to adjacent grazing land from SR 1

Public Access Enhancements, Bridge Design, and Aesthetics

The images below may not be representative of the final design or aesthetic treatments. These images are intended to show the revised project plans and designs as a result of continued Project Development Team analysis and refinement as a result of continued agency coordination and community input.

Mouse over the images below to see before and after visualizations of various sections of the project.

Proposed alternative visualization before.
Proposed Bridge – Selected Design (Bixby Style)
3D visualization of proposed bridge railing and pedestrian access.
Proposed Bridge Railing and Pedestrian Accommodations
3D visualization of proposed bridge railing and pedestrian access.
Proposed Bridge Railing and Pedestrian Accommodations
Proposed alternative visualization before.
Proposed Bridge – Early Bridge Design
Proposed alternative visualization before.
Proposed Realignment & Bridge – Facing South
Proposed alternative visualization before.
Proposed Bridge – Pedestrian and Bicycling Accommodations